The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

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The European Centre is a UN-affiliated intergovernmental organization concerned with all aspects of social welfare policy and research.

Geographical Domain

The UN member states of the UN-European Region: more than fifty European nations as well as the United States of America, Canada and Israel. All governments of the UN-European Region are invited to participate in and contribute to the activities of the European Centre.

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Research Areas

  • Ageing & Generations
  • Alcohol, Drugs, Addiction
  • Education, Families & Human Capital
  • Health and Disability
  • Health Economics
  • Health Promotion and Prevention
  • Incomes, Poverty & Social Inclusion
  • Labour Market & Social Policy
  • Long-term Care
  • Pensions & Social Security
  • Subjective Well-Being
  • Tax/Benefit Policy Modelling
  • Welfare Society


It was established in 1974 in Vienna, based on an Agreement between the United Nations and the Federal Government of Austria as the Host Government.
Unique features
The key unique features of the European Centre:

  • Coverage of the UN-European Region, i.e.”Europe of the 55″ including North America as a geographical domain
  • UN-affiliation and independence: intergovernmental status, but not a UN-agency
  • Policy expertise focused on integrated policies and inter-sectoral action in overlapping areas between welfare, health, care, labour, population and social development


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